If you’ll recall, 18-year-old Timothy George Simpkins was arrested back in October for allegedly shooting three people at Timberview High School in Arlington, Texas. Simpkins is said to have targeted 15-year-old Zacchaeus Selby after Selby allegedly attacked Simpkins. A video of the beating was widely circulated around social media and can be seen here. Simpkins’ lawyer contends that Selby was bullying Simpkins and robbing him. Meanwhile, Selby had been shot four times in the arm, leg, chest, and stomach. Selby also had to undergo multiple surgeries and was placed in a medically induced coma. He has since been released from the hospital in good condition.
Simpkins was released from police custody the day after the shooting after posting $75,000 bond. Simpkins was ordered to wear an ankle monitor, not have contact with any of the victims, and not be in possession of a gun.
Simpkins was also ordered to undergo routine drug testing, which he is said to have failed recently. A warrant for his arrest was issued on December 23rd, and he was taken into custody that day. I had seen reports that Simpkins posted bond again, but those appear not to be true. According to the Tarant County Inmate Search, Simpkins is still in custody as of this morning.
No word on what Simpkins was allegedly using to cause him to fail the drug test, but you would think that someone facing 20 years in prison would stay on the straight and narrow. It certainly doesn’t help his case at all.
I still have yet to see any reports on how Simpkins obtained the gun he used in the shooting. Then again, this is Texas, where guns are afforded more rights than most people. The gun is probably being kept under witness protection.